Building feedback loops, one metric at a time

One of the tools that I use to manage my clients’ evaluations is Social Suite. It’s a powerful online tool that makes it possible to manage complicated evaluations and turn around analysis fast. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with the team at Social Suite and talk about some of the elements that…

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What can a robust data system look like?

Are you tired of patching together your outcomes for the sake of another funder’s report? Would you like to get consistent reports on how well your clients are doing? Join us as we share what a robust data collection system looks like.

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Accurately Measure Progress

How does your organization measure progress? Today we’re talking about measurement. Measuring for management and measurement for progress. In this episode we delve into a deep discussion on how to measure progress for good, especially in these uncertain times – how it can be used to counter a lot of fear, anxiety, uncertainty and misdirection, and how you hold yourself accountable for supporting everybody in your organization.

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Measuring quality, quantity, and results

One of the risks when developing an evaluation plan, is developing measures without being really clear about what kind of measure they are or how we’re going to use them to understand our program. In this post, I’m going to talk about process measures (AKA outputs) and outcome measures — how they are different from each other and how they are both useful in understanding a program.

When evaluating your programs, you may want to consider two kinds of measures: process measures and outcome measures. Process measures help you assess what you’re doing and how well you’re doing it, and they are evaluated while the program is in progress. Outcome measures evaluate the effect the program has/had on its target population (its impact), and they can be assessed during or after the program is complete. 

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Let’s talk about Structural care!

One of our most controversial shows was on structural care that was almost a year and a half ago. And it was titled I Am Mad About Self-care. we learned something. Pieta, my co-host, taught us something that day: that self-care is actually an illusion. It puts the burden of taking care of oneself on the individual, and shifts the responsibility away from employers. And as you can imagine, this is not good. So, if you’re mad about self-care, then I would recommend you stay for the next 30 minutes, as we talk about what organizations should be doing to help their employees be better.

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Embedding Structural Care into Your Organization

We have talked about the importance of structural care in organizations. In this episode, we are highlighting actual structural care techniques that you can begin to embed into your organization.  So, if you have been listening to the past few weeks and have been thinking about how to embed structure structural care into your organization, join us for the next 30 minutes. 

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Evaluation FAQs

Managing your evaluation plans internally can be complicated. Trying to design the evaluation plan that best represents your work without disrupting the work is crucial and challenging. There are a few questions that clients have asked me over and over. Here, I address some of those frequently asked questions. Why is my funder asking for…

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The Future of Work with Lauren Currie

There’s no doubt that the workforce is dramatically different today than it was before the pandemic. Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring some of the changes and what we think it might mean for organizations and employers. This week, we’re exploring how the pandemic shifted opportunities and priorities for one non-profit worker.…

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